Total Nerd Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now  

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Few TV genres are as tricky to get right as the science-fiction series. However, this also allows for there to be an unlimited number of sci-fi shows with different tones, scopes, and stories depending on the platform they're coming from - be it a big-budget network smash hit, or a smaller and more intimate cable series. There are some excellent current sci-fi shows on television - but which do you think are the best?

It's time to pick the best sci-fi shows on television right now - those you think everyone should be watching. These are sci fi TV shows or sci fi series that voters have agreed are the best of the genre - at least for the current crop (we all know Battlestar Galactica would outrank them all!). However, new sci-fi shows like Timeless and Legion might quickly climb up the list. 

Check out this list of the best 2018 sci-fi shows on television right now and vote up the good current science fiction shows you think deserve the top spots. Whether you prefer an epic story of sister clones fighting to survive, or an anthology series for the ages, if it's a great sci-fi airing now, you'll find it below.

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Expanse Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Stranger Things Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Westworld Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Altered Carbon Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Star Trek: Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Man in the High Castle Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added The Orville Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
NickKing added Travelers Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Legion Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #17 Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
BogdanVasileIvan added Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Humans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Humans Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Colony Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
12 Monkeys Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo 12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Lost in Space Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
liplip added Killjoys Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving ...more

Current Sci-Fi Shows You Wish You Were A Character On

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Dark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Dark Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. Crime scene investigator ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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3% is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added 3% Bianca Comparato, João Miguel, Michel Gomes 3% (Netflix, 2016) is a Brazilian dystopian thriller series created by Pedro Aguilera. The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the "better side" of a ...more

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Legends of Tomorrow Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. When Vandal Savage ...more

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Gifted Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American science fiction television anthology series developed by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Based on the works of ...more

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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Beckstle added Salvation Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Santiago Cabrera Salvation (CBS, 2017) is an American suspense drama television series created by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. An MIT grad student and a tech superstar bring a low-level Pentagon official a ...more

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Shannara Chronicles Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...more

The Funniest Shows on TV Right Now

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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Counterpart J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd Counterpart (Starz, 2018) is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When lowly UN employee Howard Silk (J. K. Simmons) discovers his agency is guarding a gateway ...more

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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added Future Man Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson Future Man (Hulu, 2017) is an American comedy television series directed by Brandon Trost, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Runaways Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy — their ...more

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The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added The Crossing Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez The Crossing (ABC, 2017) is an American science fiction thriller series created by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. Refugees from a war-torn America 250 years in the future start showing up to seek ...more

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Fortitude is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
vbryan added Fortitude Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, Darren Boyd Fortitude (Sky Atlantic, 2015) is a British sci-fi psychological thriller television series created by Simon Donald. Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest ...more

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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Krypton Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more

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Between is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Between Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen Between (Netflix, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction drama television series created by Michael McGowan. After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 21 years old, survivors of a town, ...more

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Siren is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Siren Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean White. When a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) arrives in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, she proves ...more

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Glitch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added Glitch Patrick Brammall, Emma Booth, Genevieve O'Reilly Glitch (ABC, 2015) is an Australian paranormal television program directed by Emma Freeman. When seven people inexplicably rise from the dead in perfect health, a small town policeman (Patrick ...more

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Marvel's Inhumans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Marvel's Inhumans Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, 2017) is American superhero series based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. After a military coup, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), his wife Medusa (Serinda Swan), ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Mitchell123456 added Guardians of the Galaxy Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Vanessa Marshall Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD, 2015) is an American animated television series developed by Marty Isenberg, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The adventures of a band of space ...more

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Final Space is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
entropix added Final Space Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny Final Space (TBS, 2018) is an American adult animated science fiction television series created by Olan Rogers. An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark ...more